2017-2019 Community Outreach and Education Fund

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) today announced the awarding of $3,267,512 in funding over two years for organizations to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Seattle's workers about their rights under Seattle's  Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, and Fair Chance Employment, Secure Scheduling Ordinances, as well as the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative.

OLS has selected 7 different organizations and community partnerships to receive funding for the Community Outreach and Education Fund in 2017-2019. Organization activities will include door-to-door outreach, hosting community-based education events, training workers and other community organizations about Seattle's labor standards, and providing labor rights intake, counseling, complaint resolution and referral for workers experiencing labor standards violations. Each organization and partnership will emphasize reaching out to low-wage working communities who disproportionately experience workplace violations

The organizations who will receive funding include:

Latino Community Collaborative  - $518,443

Partners:

  • Casa Latina (lead)
  • Entre Hermanos
  • South Park Information Resource Center (SPIARC)
  • Washington Wage Claim Project

Communities of Focus: Latino, LGBTQ, women, low-wage workers

Chinese Information Services Center  - $156,035

Communities of Focus: Asian Pacific Islanders, Chinese, and other Asian workers

El Centro de la Raza– $139,432

Communities of Focus: Latino workers

Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle (lead) – $197,510

Partner:

  • West African Community Council

Communities of Focus: East African and West African workers

Fair Work Collaborative – $2,151,819

Partners:

  • Fair Work Center (lead)
  • 21 Progress
  • Al Noor Islamic Community Center
  • API Chaya
  • Bayan PNW
  • Got Green
  • Latino Community Fund
  • LGBTQ Allyship
  • Partner in Employment
  • Restaurant Opportunity Center of Seattle
  • Somali Community Services

Communities of Focus: Low wage workers, young workers of color, East African, South Asian, Asian and Pacific Islander, African American, Filipino, Latino, LGBTQ, immigrants and refugees, survivors of violence, and restaurant workers

Millionair Club - $58,513

Communities of Focus: Workers with criminal backgrounds and temporary workers

NAACP - $45,760

Communities of Focus: African American workers

"Through these partnerships, we will strengthen our reach and impact on Seattle's worker communities, and especially those workers most likely to experience labor standards violations, including workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, female workers, LGBTQ workers, workers with disabilities, and youth," said OLS Director Dylan Orr. "We are very excited to collaborate with our community partners for the next two years to uphold Seattle's labor standards and promote a culture of compliance in Seattle."

For more information about the Office of Labor Standards or the Community Outreach and Education Fund, call 206-684-4500

Download: Press Release - Community Fund Recipients Announced

2017 - 2019 Request for Proposal